25th Anniversary of Landcare Honour Roll - Silver Awards

IN RECOGNITION OF 15-20 YEARS OF SERVICE TO LANDCARE

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Edwin Adamson
Goulburn Broken
In 1981 Ed was co-coordinator of the Victorian Farmers Federation Farm Trees Program, employed to support and expand the rural farm tree movement.  He then became the Executive Officer of Victorian Land Management and Farm Tree Group (know today as the Farm Tree and Landcare Association).

Ed is currently a working as a self-employed forestry services consultant, company name First Selection Land Care Services and Landscape for Life.

David Bain
UMEC Landcare Network
Glenelg Hopkins
David has served on the Committee of Management for the Upper Mt Emu Creek Landcare Network for over 15 years.

Margery Barton
Poowong Landcare Group
Port Phillip & Westernport
Margery was Secretary for three years for the Poowong Landcare Group and assisted with re-vegetating waterways and drainage lines in the Belleview Reservoir catchment.

Gary Baxter
Whorouly Landcare Group
North East
Gary was Secretary for over five years for the Whorouly Landcare Group and an active committee member for over six years, including participating on the weed control committee.

Arthur Bennett
Hodgson & Horseshoe Creeks Landcare Groups
North East
Arthur is an active member of the Hodgson and Horseshoe Creek Landcare Groups and has held numerous positions such as President, Public Officer and Committee and Group representative.  He was also a group representative for the Ovens Landcare Network between 2004 and 2010.

Ross Bennett
Waitchie Landcare Group
Mallee
Ross is an executive member of the Waitchie Landcare Group and has been active implementing Landcare practices in the Waitchie community.  He is committed to Landcare principles on his farm and has created an important wildlife corridor between Lake Timboram and Lake Wahpool.  Ross has also been active in salinity management, pest eradication and regeneration works on roadsides using direct seeding and drip irrigation.

John Blamey
Deep Creek Landcare Group
Port Phillip & Westernport

Honour Roll - Silver - Blamey
John initially became involved in local environmental works as the Coordinator for the Mt William (area) Rabbit Busters Group in 1996.  Mt William had plague rabbit numbers (about 70 per spotlight kilometre), and a group of adjacent landholders agreed to try and control this plague, with Deep Creek Landcare Group providing support.  To ensure the two groups had a common focus, John joined Landcare.  The Mt William area has now consistent rabbit numbers of 1-2 per spotlight kilometre, which has been a remarkable achievement.  John’s move from rabbits into the wider Landcare movement has seen him provide guidance and leadership in many areas, including a period of presidency of the Group.

Jean Box
Carboor/Bobinawarrah Landcare Group
North East
Jean has been Secretary for over 10 years and an active committee member of the Carboor/Bobinawarrah Landcare Group for three years or more.

Ron Briggs
Hodgson & Horseshoe Creeks Landcare Groups
North East
Ron served as the Treasurer of the Hodgson and Horseshoe Creeks Landcare Groups from 1994-1997 and Coordinator for Mid Ovens Rabbit and Weed Control from 1998 - 2010.  He has been an active committee member for 15 years.

Alexander (Sandy) Brock
Arthur's Creek District Landcare Group
Port Phillip & Westernport

Honour Roll - Silver - Brock
Alexander (Sandy) Brock was elected President of the Arthurs Creek District Landcare Group at its inaugural meeting in 1993 and remained as President for six years and Vice President for the following ten years. To this day, he is an active member of the Group’s Executive Committee, attends Landcare Meetings, working bees, activity days, Clean Up Australia Day as Site Supervisor, and Planet Ark Planting days with the children of the Arthurs Creek Primary School..  He has represented our Group on the Nillumbik Landcare Network, and WACMAC (Whittlesea, Arthurs Creek, Merriang and Cottles Bridge) Landcare.

Sandy has expressed the view that putting away the chainsaw and picking up a tree planter was one of the best things that has happened to him.  In his 877h year he has been a friend and an inspiration to all of us involved in the Landcare movement.

Lyn Brown
Burgoigee Creek Landcare Group
North East
For 20 years Lyn has been a committee member of the Burgoigee Creek Landcare Group and served as group President in 2008 and newsletter coordinator from 2009-2011.

Alex Campbell
Mardan Mirboo North Landcare group/South Gippsland Landcare Network
West Gippsland
Prior to the forming of the Mardan Mirboo North group in 2002, Alex joined the Jindanook Landcare Group in 1990. Alex was a founding member of the Mardan Mirboo North group. At his previous property in Mirboo North, 700m of Tarwin River frontage was fenced off and revegetated using indigenous species. The planting activity involved the local Cubs group. Invasive Willows were also removed from the River by the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

Alex now lives on a 40 acre property in Mirboo North and continues to undertake revegetation projects, with the assistance of Landcare group members along with Year 9 students from the Mirboo North Secondary College. To date 5,000 trees have been planted. It should also be said that Alex’s wife Loraine always provides a top notch chocolate cake for the group’s regular Landcare meetings.

Ken Cecil
Poowong Landcare Group
Port Phillip & Westernport
Ken Cecil has been President and Vice President of the Poowong Landcare Group since June 1993.  Both Ken and Wendy have been keen and active Landcare members and relinquished their license of the riparian area of the Bass River to enable re-vegetation.

John Chapman
UMEC Landcare Network
Glenelg Hopkins
John served on the Committee of Management for the Upper Mt Emu Creek Landcare Network over an extensive period.

Elvie Clark
Poowong Landcare Group
Port Phillip & Westernport
Elvie is a part of the dynamic Clark duo.  She has been Treasurer since 1994 and is an active and enthusiastic part of our Committee.  In addition to being an efficient Treasurer, Elvie is a keeper of archives, memorabilia and fancy dress.

Jeffrey Clark
Poowong Landcare Group
Port Phillip & Westernport
Jeff Clark is an active and irreplaceable member of the Poowong Landcare Group.  He manages and maintains Landcare equipment, organizes Field Days, promotions and information nights.  He represents the group at most environmental functions and reports back to the Committee and acts as Projects Officer.  Jeff creates and publishes our monthly newsletter which is always informative and cheery.  He has been Secretary and Acting President and Chairman.

Clare Claydon
Baynton Sidonia Landcare Group
North Central
Clare joined the Baynton Sidonia Landcare Group (BSLCG) at its inaugural meeting in 1992, having been a member of the “parent” organization, the Kyneton Tree Group.  She was secretary in 1994-95, during which time the group wrote a successful submission for a project to track the movement of water in basalt soils.  In 2004 when the group risked going into abeyance, she was elected President, and was able to reignite interest in the group. 

Following the Black Saturday bushfire, she instigated the distribution of understory tube stock to fire affected private properties and public spaces.  She resigned from the committee in 2010 but continues to co-ordinate a North Central CMA-funded eight-program seminar series as part of the Redesdale Land Management Bushfire Recovery program (auspiced by BSLCG) and to have a close involvement in BSLCG events.

Helen Curtis
Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group
North East
Helen has been a member of the Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group since its inception, acting as secretary for many years and is currently editor of the Group newsletter.  Helen jointly (with her husband) published Floodplain Woodland Plants of North East Victoria.  Helen coordinates and is actively involved in weekly working bees at Kalina Park.

Peter Curtis
Wangaratta Urban Landcare Group
North East
Peter has been Chairman of the Wangaratta Urban Group for most of its existence.  He has been an active lobbyist for Landcare issues, attended regional and state meetings presenting a paper on his research, and jointly published (with his wife Helen) Floodplain Woodland Plants of North East Victoria.  Peter coordinates and is actively involved in weekly working bees at Kalina Park.

Bob Davison
Swan Hill West Landcare Group
Mallee
Bob is an executive member of the Swan Hill West Landcare Group and is committed to Landcare principles.  He has re-established wildlife corridors on his farm and placed multiple areas under covenant.  Bob has volunteered his time to tree planting and regeneration works on roadsides, as well as watering and weed control of plantings on public land.

Heather Drendel
Hindmarsh Landcare Network
Mallee
Heather was a recipient of the Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship in 2009 and a well known face in the community, through activities such as the Mountain to Mallee 2007 Community River Walk.  Locals describe Heather as the glue that holds her local Landcare community together.  Rain was the cause of Heather's involvement in Landcare - which might surprise some who know how dry it can get around Rainbow!  Heather's husband was hosting a Landcare meeting on their Rainbow property when a morning shower forced the group to take shelter in the kitchen.  Heather was roped in to taking minutes for the meeting and she hasn't looked back since.

Maurice Dynon
Guildford/Upper Lodden Landcare Group
North Central

Honour Roll - Silver - Dynon
Maurice has been the project manager for a number of conservation projects, such as the Guildford Plateau wild life corridors which consisted of 25km by 20 metre wide corridors.  The corridors contained 35,000 trees and five kilometers of direct seeding, the construction taking seven years and involved the co-operation and involvement of 13 major land owners.  Maurice has also supervised a number of green core and overseas volunteers, environmental teams and the Lodden Prison out-side work crew. 

Susan Eats
Culla Pigeon Ponds LMG
Glenelg Hopkins
Susan has acted as Newsletter Coordinator and carried out major Landcare works on their property.

Jo Elkington
Whorouly Landcare Group
North East
Jo became a member of the Whorouly Landcare Group soon after it was established in 1993.  She has been President for more than a decade and has steered the group through years of severe drought, when enthusiasm and energy was low and finances stretched.  During this time, Jo and former Treasurer Pam Matheson worked tirelessly to oversee the completion of a number of large projects.  Without Jo, there is a good chance the WLG would have folded in recent years, but today it remains quietly ticking along, ready to take up opportunities and with a core group of active members.  While attracting a new executive has proved difficult, Jo's quiet, gentle guidance and persistence has meant that today the group is viable and ready for future success.

David Ellemore
Mid Murray landcare Network
Mallee
Awarded posthumously

David loved preparing funding applications for environmental projects and was skilled at completing detailed final reports with plenty of photos. He also loved organising environmental bus trips looking at what other Landcare Groups had managed to achieve in the Mallee. He prepared with Malcolm Thompson, the Swan Hill Council’s roadside vegetation & street tree policy and assisted with the planting of some 25000 trees in 1997. His work resulted in Council employing a full time environmental officer, a true legacy to David’s energy and letter writing, stating the importance of Councils environmental obligations and policy. David was a founding member of the Swan Hill Seed bank and worked as a Seed bank manager for years and was a life long committee member. David worked with numerous volunteer youth groups and school groups in the Swan Hill area, completing many training and education programs and conservation projects. David loved seed collecting, tree planting and direct seeding and enjoyed writing many “letters to the Editor SH Guardian “on environmental issues.

David Evans
Greta Valley Landcare Group
North East
David has been President for two years, Treasurer for four years and a committee member for nine years.

Martin Fuller
Regional Landcare Coordinator on behalf of Powlett Project Landcare Group and Landcare across WGCMA
West Gippsland

Honour Roll - Silver - M Fuller
Martin was the first ever Project Officer for the Powlett Project, which ultimately formed the Powlett Project Landcare Group in 1996. The Powlett Project has been an ongoing success that has seen thousands of trees planted, land management plans implemented and hundreds of people engaged and involved in Landcare action. Most recently Martin and his two children were involved in a community planting on the lower Powlett River that saw another 2500 trees planted.

In his recent role as Partnership Development Manager for West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Martin remained a staunch advocate for Landcare and has championed Landcare as a leading practitioner of community engagement, practice change and best practice NRM. Martin has been a key driver in maintaining the very strong link between WGCMA and the region’s five Landcare networks. He is well respected by the region’s Landcare community and as the new CEO of West Gippsland CMA he continues to support and acknowledge the vital role that Landcare plays across this region.

Phillip Garrett
Poowong Landcare Group
Port Phillip & Westernport
Phill Garrett has been an active member of the Poowong Landcare Group, acting as Secretary/President for many years.  His property is on the edge of the Korumburra Reservoir and he has revegetated drainage lines for the creek which flows into the No 3 Korumburra Reservoir.

Ken Gaudion
Warby Range Landcare Group
north east
Ken is the inaugural group chair and held the position for five years.  He has since remained an active committee member.

Alan Gibb
Carboor / Bobinawarrah Landcare Group
North East
Alan is the founding member of the group.  He is an active committee member and local expert on native plants.

Beryl Grant 
Culla Pigeon Ponds LMG
Glenelg Hopkins
Beryl was the Secretary then Treasurer of the group from 1993.

Alan Green
Great Western Landcare Group
Wimmera
Alan Green has been a long term member of the Project Platypus Management Committee. As Chair he helped to build the profile of the organisation and represented the organisation at a variety of events and presentations. As a member of Great Western Landcare Group he has contributed to its functioning. His high profile farming enterprise has been an asset to sustainable farming in the Upper Wimmera.

Michael Greene
Elmhurst Landcare Group
Wimmera
As an Elmhurst Landcare member, Michael has been their representative on the Project Platypus Management Committee for a long time. He has been an office bearer and has represented the organisation at a variety of events and functions. He has participated on a number of sub-committees and has made a valuable contribution to the structure and longevity of the Project Platypus organisation.

Anthony Griffiths
Greta Valley Landcare Group
North East
Anthony has given 15 years of service as a committee member, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President.

Jim Hayes
Tallangatta Valley Landcare Group
North East
Jim has been an executive member of the group for 15 years, providing administrative support and also acting as Treasurer.

Michael Hedderman
Carboor / Bobinawarrah Landcare Group
North East
Michael has been the group secretary for over 15 years and is an active committee member. He promotes the value of revegetation by demonstration.

Paul Heenan
UMEC Landcare Network
Glenelg Hopkins
Paul served on the Committee of Managementof UMEC Landcare Network for over 15 years.

Gordon & Joan Henry
Loch/Nyora Landcare
Port Phillip & Westernport
Gordon Henry’s nomination is awarded posthumously

Honour Roll - Silver - Henry

Since purchasing their farming property in 1963, Joan and Gordon have worked hard to preserve and enhance the native habitat.  In 1994 a 6ft high electric fence was erected around 100 acres and Henry’s Creek Sanctuary was established.  In 1996 Joan and Gordon hosted the initial meeting of the Loch/Nyora Landcare Group and have since opened their Sanctuary to Landcare with enormous hospitality and grace.

Barry Herbertson
Lexton Landcare Group
North Central
For outstanding commitment to Lexton Landcare Group and  support of the Landcare community.

George Holden
Concongella Landcare Group
Wimmera
One of the original members of the Project Platypus Committee, George has been closely involved with Project Platypus in particular with the soil conservation activities. With considerable experience in addressing erosion George was able to offer valuable advice in this area. George has undertaken considerable works on his Concongella property which acts as a best practice demonstration site. George has been a driver for his local Concongella Landcare Group. Most recently George made his property available to stage the Project Platypus inaugural Agrifest event.

Coral Hughes
Nerrena Landcare Goup
West Gippsland

Honour Roll - Silver - Hughes
Coral has been involved with the Neerena Landcare Group since joining in 1995 and is considered the “go to” person for assistance with Landcare related queries in the area.  Always one to get her hands dirty, Coral has assisted with many planting days with the group, as well as being treasurer for the group for many years. She has contributed many volunteer hours to the group in order to improve the environmental health of farms in the district.  Coral had been planting trees on her dairy farm long before the creation of Landcare, planting over seven acres of trees along her creek. Her dedication to the group and works on their own property has inspired many other landholders in the region.

Tony Jones
Rutherglen Landcare Group
North East
Tony was the inaugural Secretary of the group and also served as the President for many years.  Tony has cared for the group's annual order of approximately 10,000 indigenous trees and shrubs as well as administering their distribution to landholders for revegetation purposes.  He has been actively involved in several, major Landcare revegetation projects in the Rutherglen area


Bernadine Kelly
Echuca Landcare Group
North Central

Honour Roll - Silver - B Kelly
Sister Bernadine Kelly is a committed and passionate woman who spends countless hours spreading the word about anything environmental!  Becoming involved in Landcare in about 1994, Bernadine is a long-term member of the Echuca Landcare group, and has held a Vice President role for several years.  A member of the Brigidine order, which has a long and proud tradition of service to the community, she is also known as “Sister Environment” or “the green nun” for her dedicated work with school children for many years.

Bernadine is one of the first of all Campaspe Landcarers to put her hand up to volunteer at local field days annually.  She is also one of the most active in attending events and is involved with the Goulburn Murray Landcare Network (GMLN).  She often heads to Bendigo and Melbourne to attend events, travels to Bendigo for sustainability events, and has a particular interest in art relating to the environment.  Landcare was apparently responsible for getting Sister Bernadine on the internet!  She is a friendly and honest woman, a wonderful role model, teacher and champion environmentalist.

Bill Kilpatrick
Great Western Landcare Group
Wimmera
Bill’s involvement with Project Platypus has been varied. Bill was Chairman of the Management Committee and member over a long period. Revegetation projects and trials on Bill’s steep bare hills were some of the first large scale projects undertaken by Project Platypus, providing excellent evidence of the successful methods Project Platypus developed for broad scale revegetation. Bill’s contribution also included hosting tours, attending Landcare functions and providing the musical entertainment for one of our Plant outs.

James Kirkpatrick
UMEC Landcare Network
Glenelg Hopkins
James served on the Committee of Management for the Network for over 15 years.

Rosemary Knox
Loch/Nyora Landcare
Port Phillip & Westernport
Rosemary’s involvement with Landcare began at the inaugural Loch/Nyora Landcare group formed in May 1996. As the group’s first Treasurer, Rosemary has continued on in the roles of President, Vice President, Public Relations and committee ever since.  In 2006 she won the Port Phillip and Westernport Regional Landcare Award as “Individual Caring for Private Land”. Together with her husband Garry she has assisted in planting many indigenous trees on their beef farm at Loch. Enabling the community’s awareness of Landcare and its activities is a priority, with her regular contributions to local publications- The Loch Express and the Nyora News. Rosemary was instrumental in running the Clean Up Australia campaign for Landcare each year and has set up a successful newspaper-recycling program with the Kernot Community. Today Rosemary is still active in Landcare and holds the deputy president’s role at LNLG

Stephen Loader
Lexton Landcare Group
North Central
For outstanding commitment to Lexton Landcare Group and  support of the Landcare community.

Colleen Lomas
Panyyabyr Landcare Group
Glenelg Hopkins
Colleen Lomas has been working with the Panyyabyr Landcare Group since she moved to the area.  Initially as an enthusiastic member, planting trees, attending field days, workshops and planning days, and then as our long serving treasurer from 2001 to date.  She has worked on the many and varied projects we’ve run since, keeping detailed, accurate and easily accessible records.  She has played a very active role in planning, developing and administering all our revegetation projects, soil workshops, field days, farm tours, Evergraze trial sites, animal performance trials, weed and pest control projects, succession planning and broader community projects – “Taking The Sting Out Of The European Wasp”, “Grampians Ark” and “Grampians To Grasslands” broad scale fox control programs.  In addition, she is always a generous caterer and a hardworking and cheerful member at all of our Landcare and social events.  The group recognises Colleen’s exceptional commitment and is extremely grateful to her, for all the volunteering effort and time she commits for the benefit of others.  

Marlene Marsden
Mt Lyall Landcare Group
West Gippsland

Honour Roll - Silver - Marsden
Marlene has been an important feature in the longevity of the Mt Lyall Landcare group. She joined the group in 1996 after moving to the Mt Lyall area. Marlene has assisted with the Mt Lyall newsletter for many years, overseeing the recruitment of many new members to Landcare in the area. Her enthusiasm and ability to give many hours to the group ensured the successful continuation of the group in the area.  Marlene also assisted with the advancement of the South Gippsland Landcare Network, participating on the Steering Committee for the South Gippsland Landcare Network in the early 2000’s. Marlene has also planted many native trees on her property and has assisted with many planting days as part of the Network.

Andrea Mason
Upper Williamson's Creek Landcare Group/Leigh Catchment Group
Corangamite

Honour Roll - Silver - A Mason
Andrea Mason has contributed to Landcare since 1993 when the Upper Williamson’s Creek Landcare Group was formed.  From the beginning of the Group she has been a very active committee member, holding a variety of positions. Initially she was elected to the position of Secretary and held that position for three years. In 1997 she became President and held this position for three years.  The Landcare group decided to have a position of Mail Secretary to which Andrea was appointed and she still holds the position today.

She also represents the Landcare Group on the Leigh Catchment Board and the Mount Buninyong Reserve Advisory Committee (City of Ballarat).  Andrea is in charge of managing the hire and maintenance of the club’s spraying, fumigating and planting equipment which is used constantly by members.  Andrea was appointed to the role of Landcare Coordinator for the Leigh Catchment Group.  She blossomed in this role, developing a great rapport with all groups, organisations and the individual landholders that she dealt with in the Catchment.  She displayed an infectious belief in the Landcare movement that continues to influences all those she contacts.  

John Matheson
Whorouly Landcare Group
North East
John has been an active committee member of Whorouly Landcare Group for over 16 years.

Pam Matheson
Whorouly Landcare Group
North East
Pam has been Treasurer for over 14 years and a committee member  of Whorouly Landcare Group for another two-three years.

Lisa McIntyre
Panyyabyr Landcare
Glenelg Hopkins
Lisa has been the driving force behind one of this district’s largest Landcare groups.  Since the early 90’s, despite growing up in Melbourne and being new to this district she pursued establishment of a Landcare group in the community surrounding her husband’s farm.  With her wonderful welcoming approach, she has successfully connected us all to our landscape and most importantly to each other. She is a treasure in our community. 

Athol & Doreen McKay
Crowlands Landcare Group
Wimmera
Doreen and Athol are tree planters extraordinaire!  It took two dedicated and hardworking individuals like Doreen and Athol to show how large scale landscape restoration could happen.  Their persistence and diligence and success during periods of drought have been nothing short of phenomenal. Besides spending thousands of hours planting their own property they are always keen to offer advice on tree planting and get involved in tree planting on others properties.  They have participated in every Project Platypus plant-out and their planting tally must be a record.  They are active members of the Crowlands Landcare Group.

Glennis McKee
Murrayville Landcare Group
Mallee
Glennis and her husband Robert have been pro active farmers in the Cowangie area of the Murrayville district for over 30 years, implementing best practice management at every stage.  They have planted 1000’s of trees on farm and in the Murrayville area and have pioneered and promoted direct drilling in the Murrayville and Mallee regions.  They are original founding members of the Murrayville Landcare group and are committed to Landcare principles on-farm and at a community level.

Michael McMurtrie
Jallukar Landcare Group
Wimmera
Michael is passionate about Project Platypus and has been involved since its inception. As an office bearer and as an advocate for the organisation his continuing contribution has been valuable. Michael has engaged with partners and potential partners to sell the organisation and has had a positive influence on the directions Project Platypus has taken.  Michael’s embracing of new ideas and ways of looking at issues have broadened the scope of the Project Platypus organisation.

David Morcombe
UMEC Landcare Network
Glenelg Hopkins
David served on the Committee of Management for the Network.

Helen Muller
Lexton Landcare Group
North Central
For outstanding commitment to Lexton Landcare Group and  support of the Landcare community.

Robert Muller
Lexton Landcare Group
North Central
For outstanding commitment to Lexton Landcare Group and  support of the Landcare community.

Norm Naughtin
Boorhaman Landcare Group
North East
Norm has given twenty years of active service for Boorhaman Landcare Group, with ten years as Secretary.

Philippa Noble
Rutherglen Landcare Group
North East
Philippa started the Rutherglen Landcare Group in 1996 and has been actively involved each year.  She was the founding president and several times each year produces a newsletter which reaches over 200 local farming families, including Rutherglen Landcare members.  She has also been very active in applying for funding for the group and managing projects resulting from successful applications.  Philippa has been responsible for a long term project to offer subsidised trees and shrubs to landholders each year, which has contributed to a transformation of farmland and the return of many birds to Rutherglen.

Craig & Woody Oliver
Panyyabyr Landcare Group
Glenelg Hopkins
Both Craig and Woody Oliver have been long term members of the Panyyabyr Landcare Group.  They are committed to creating and maintaining a profitable and sustainable farming business, as well as sharing their knowledge, passion for the environment and enthusiasm amongst fellow farmers and the wider community.  They regularly host field days and scientific trial sites (both environmental and agricultural), and have developed a great rapport amongst locals, scientific staff and organizations, the wider business and broader community.  They are enthusiastic members, planting trees, attending field days, workshops and planning days. They have worked on many and varied projects, playing active roles in researching, planning and developing the many activities; revegetation projects, soil workshops, field days, farm tours, Evergraze trial sites, animal performance trials, weed and pest control projects, succession planning and broader community projects – “Taking The Sting Out Of The European Wasp”, “Grampians Ark” and “Grampians To Grasslands” broad scale fox control programs.  They are always very generous hosts, great caterers and hard working, cheerful members for all Landcare and social events.  The group recognises and appreciates their commitment and the time and effort they contribute. 

Val O'Loughlin
Tarwin Lower Landcare Group
West Gippsland
Val has been a fundamental factor in the continuing strength and success of the Tarwin Landcare Group. She has supported the group since its inception in 1995 as project officer and treasurer, and currently remains as the treasurer.  Her hard work and dedication to Landcare has inspired and encouraged many landholders to join Landcare in the area. Val has been extensively involved with tree plantings with community groups and schools.  Her property is testament to her hard work, with waterways fenced off to increase habitat and biodiversity in the area.  Additionally, Val was on the original steering committee for the South Gippsland Landcare Network where she assisted with building and strengthening the Network.  She was also a board member for the Network for many years.

Neil Padbury
Kiewa Catchment Landcare/ Yackandandah sub group
North East
Neil was Chairman of the Yackandandah Landcare group for eight years and executive member of Kiewa Catchment Landcare for five years.

Neil Paulet
Tallangatta Valley Landcare Group
North East
Neil was instrumental to the initial forming of the Tallangatta Valley Landcare Group and has held numerous roles; President, Secretary, Project Manager and Executive Member.

Peter Pavey
Hallston Landcare Group
West Gippsland

Peter has been a continuous driving force with the Hallston Landcare Group since its inception. He is passionate about preservation and improvement of the indigenous vegetation in the area.

He was instrumental in initiating the Tarwin West Upper Branch Improvement Project to remove willows and other alien species from the riparian area and to revegetate with indigenous species.  This project has now entered its ninth year. Peter has done most of the required weed spraying and preparation of net guards to protect the tube stock from wallaby predation, as well as assisting at the planting days.

Peter has also been a Committee member for at least 10 years and is the current President of the Hallston Landcare Group.

Alec Phillips
Whorouly Landcare Group
North East
A foundation member, Alec has been an active Landcare member for nearly 20 years, regularly attending committee meetings, local Landcare functions and field days etc.  Alec is currently our group Treasurer at a time when it is hard to find executive volunteers.  He is a valuable member of the Whorouly Landcare Group.

Earle & Jenny Phillips
Wyuna Landcare Group
Goulburn Broken

Honour Roll - Silver - E Phillips

Honour Roll - Silver - J Phillips

Earle and Jenny Phillips have been involved with Landcare in the Wyuna district since 1993.  Passionate about the environment and getting people involved in their local community, they have been key contacts in the area in terms of Landcare.  They were involved in the groups’ roadside planting projects in the early days and were instrumental in establishing the annual Wyuna Wattle day event in the local river reserve – transporting elderly citizens to the bush reserve to enjoy afternoon tea and entertainment amongst the wattles. 

This dedicated couple have also been heavily involved with educating school students, bussing them to various properties in the area to increase their knowledge of the environment.  They have for many years been involved with the Wyuna Hall and annual Christmas function.  Although now having moved in to Kyabram to retire, they are still involved with the local community and spreading the Landcare message.  They are strong supporters of Landcare and worthy of recognition.

Charlie Pinch
Tanjil Valley Landcare Group
West Gippsland
A long standing member of Tanjil Valley Landcare Group, Charlie has served a considerable number of years as Chairman.

Eileen Ransom
Springhurst & Byawatha Hills Landcare Group
North East
Eileen is a key member of the Springhurst and Byawatha Hills Landcare Group and has served as Treasurer and committee member.  Eileen and her husband have hosted field days, meetings and were founding members of the Springhurst Farm Tree Group, a forerunner of Landcare. 

Rowan Reid
Australian Master Tree Growers and the Otway Agroforestry Network
Port Phillip & Westernport
Rowan is a professional forest scientist who spent more than 20 years as an academic at the University of Melbourne teaching, research and extending agroforestry across Australia. He has been a foundation member of four Landcare groups: The East Otway Land Protection Group, The Otway Agroforestry Network, the Australian Master Tree Growers and the Australian Agroforestry magazine. He has held a range of positions in these groups including president.

Whilst at the University Rowan developed the Australian Master Tree Grower Program to provide education for landholders in agroforesty design and management. In 2000 he was awarded the $10,000 Eureka Award for Excellence in Environmental Education. More than 1900 landholders across Australia have completed one of the 92 MTG courses Rowan has conducted across Australia since 1996.

In 1987 Rowan set up his private agroforestry demonstration and education farm. More than 5000 farmers, students and international guests have toured the Bambra Agroforestry Farm.

Russell Roberts
Kiewa Catchment Landcare - Upper Kiewa Sub group
North East
Russell is an executive member of Upper Kiewa group and has been a member of Kiewa Catchment Landcare executive for 10 years.

Tom Schoefler
Foster North Landcare Group
West Gippsland

Honour Roll - Silver - Schoeffler
Tom has been a member of Foster North Landcare Group since it was established in 1996. He is the only founding member still in the Group and has been Secretary for most of that time. In later years he managed single handed the Group’s finance, membership, minutes, organized meetings and all Secretarial duties. In essence he kept the Group running. His sheep farm is a showcase of Landcare ideals. He and his partner Claire have planted thousands of trees and have kept weeds and feral animals (including deer) under control. He is always happy to advise and mentor newcomers to the area. When he stepped down as Secretary this year he passed on a very comprehensive computerized record of all FNLG business, history and records. Although no longer a Committee member he attends and contributes at every meeting. He is an outstanding Landcare ambassador and the group recognises his contribution over the years.

Barry & Guila Sibly
3 Creeks Landcare Group, Bass Valley Landcare Group & Bass Coast Landcare Network
West Gippsland

Honour Roll - Silver - Sibly
Barry Sibly has been involved in Landcare for the past 15- 20 years.  He has been the President of his local Landcare group and a member of the Bass Coast Landcare Network Board.  Barry and Guila Sibly’s main environmental priority on their 200 ha property has been to reduce the erosion occurring along the steep gullies running into his dams, and ultimately, into the Powlett River. With Landcare’s support, Barry has fenced off and revegetated almost 20 ha of his gullies, which has reduced erosion, and provides valuable shelter for his stock. He’s also helping to reduce the amount of sedimentation and nutrients entering the Powlett River.

Barry is a great believer in killing two birds with one stone. His efforts to control gully erosion double as shelterbelts; fencing off his dams has helped to secure a clean water supply and improve stock management, and his responsible use of fertiliser protects the environment while also saving him money. Barry believes that it is important to keep moving forward, and will continue to participate in BCLN programs to build a more sustainable business.

Viki Spedding
Upper Maribyrnong Catchment Group
Port Phillip & Westernport
Viki first became involved in Landcare as a group facilitator.  When funding for this position expired she became a volunteer on the committee of the group.  Viki has continued to be an active committee member working in all areas of group activity but with special interest in Junior Landcare, partnership with TreeProject, project management and management of corporate planting days.  Viki also produced the group’s newsletter for many years.

Bruce Standfield
Fish Creek Group
West Gippsland
Bruce Standfield has farmed in the Fish Creek area for over 30 years and is a key member of the Fish Creek Landcare Group, as a leader and mentor since the group’s inception close to 20 years ago.  He currently holds the position of Treasurer. Bruce was the President of the South Gippsland Landcare Network for the first seven years of its operation and one of the original instigators, gaining cooperation between local Landcare groups, local governments and other agencies. Prior to Landcare he was a leader in the Foster Farm Trees Group.  Bruce was also a member of the Yarram Region of Dept of Conservation & Environment’s Land Protection Advisory Committee for many years and was involved in the establishment of Ragwort Control Groups through South and West Gippsland. Many of these groups later became Landcare Groups.

Bruce has worked on his own dairy farm, managing weeds, improving production and planting several thousand trees.  Much of the tree planting has focused on riparian zones, enhancing the water quality and biodiversity in the areas of the upper Fish Creek catchment of the Tarwin system.  Bruce was also awarded 1997 National Landcare Individual Landcarer Award Victorian Section.

Janeece Stanyer
Nyah West Landcare Group
Mallee
Janeece is committed to Landcare principles on-farm and at a community level and has re-established wildlife corridors and contributed to salinity management.  She is an executive member of the Nyah West Landcare Group (Secretary for 20 years) and active in Landcare activities.

Andrew Stewart
Otway Agroforestry Network
Corangamite

Honour Roll - Silver - A Stewart
In the late 1980s, Andrew Stewart was an active member and subsequently an office bearer, of the Barwon Valley Farm Tree Group. With Rowan Reid he then negotiated the formation of the Otway Agroforestry Network (OAN) (a partnership of the BVFTG and the Heytesbury-Otway Landcare groups) in 1993. The OAN is now one of the most successful Landcare groups in Australia with more than 200 members and a wide range of government, private and philanthropic funded community projects.

For many years Andrew was an active member of the Farm Tree and Land Management Association executive including a period as President. During this time he worked tirelessly to ensure the many hundreds of Landcare groups across Victoria had affordable and reliable insurance so that they could continue their work.

All this was in addition to Andrew’s role on his own family farm. Yan Yan Gurt West has been in the family for four generations. When Andrew and Jill decided they would stay on the farm and raise a family they set about adapting their farming system to diversify production, control land degradation and improve biodiversity. Thousands of visitors have since toured this outstanding example of integrated multipurpose agroforestry.

Robert & Jenny Stewart
Waitchie Landcare Group
Mallee
Robert and Jenny are committed to Landcare principles on-farm and at a community level.  They are Executive members of the Waitchie Landcare Group and active group members.  Robert and Jenny have protected creek frontage with exclusion fencing and established a frog-pond on their property, to compensate for the removal of permanent water in the region through the Wimmera Mallee pipeline.  They have planted approximately 5000 trees on farm and erected six kilometres of exclusion fencing to protect areas of remnant vegetation.

John Stokes
Carboor / Bobinawarrah Landcare Group
North East
John is a founding member and treasurer of the group for 20 years.  Has been a key driver promoting protection of the creeks and remnants, and has a demonstration farm.

Peter Stone
Baynton Sidonia Landcare Group
North Central
Peter joined the Baynton Sidonia Landcare Group (BSLCG) at its first meeting in 1992, having been a member of the “parent” organization, the Kyneton Tree Group.  He was appointed the inaugural President of BSLCG, a role he held for 4 years. He has held a committee role on BSLCG almost continuously from its inception, and is still actively involved. Under Peter’s leadership BSLCG obtained National Landcare Project funding for the Baynton-Sidonia Action Plan Group Area Planning Project – a 180 page plan to facilitate and assist in the understanding, adoption and implementation of Landcare activities in the Baynton-Sidonia Landcare Group Area.  This was a landmark achievement in 1993.  Additionally, in 1994 BSLCG participated in, and Peter coordinated (in a paid role) the Commonwealth’s Landcare Environment Action Program (LEAP), providing on the job training for local Landcare initiatives.  Peter is a regular and well-respected speaker at seminars and on practical tours in the local area featuring indigenous trees.  His commitment to Landcare generally, and BSLCG in particular, is practical and generous.

Colin Teek
Mitta Valley Landcare Group
North East
Colin was the first Secretary and instigator of Mitta Valley Landcare group.  He worked tirelessly for 15 years and still attends workshops and other events.

Harold & Edith Thomas
Crowlands Landcare Group
Wimmera
Harold and Edith form the local Landcare “dream team” – always available, always willing to take on a job and with a smile! As members of Crowlands Landcare Group, they are largely responsible for the good health and the longevity of the group. Tallying up their years as Landcare office bearers would need a calculator. Their record as participants in the Project Platypus Plant-outs is outstanding and their contribution to Landcare very much appreciated.

Glenn Thompson
Wyuna Landcare Group
Goulburn Broken

Honour Roll - Silver - GThompson
Glenn Thompson has been involved with Landcare in the Wyuna district, north of Kyabram, since around 1993.  The current and long-standing President of the group, Glenn has been instrumental in a number of events held across the area.  Glenn is a keen local landholder and on his own farm has a strong sense of mixing sustainable agriculture with remnant vegetation management and enhancement.  In the early years of the group, Glenn was a leader in organising large lengths of revegetation along local roadsides.  These have now grown and have increased biodiversity and established links throughout the region.

In 2009, Glenn assisted with the coordination of a sustainable farming day on a local landholder’s property.  Glenn is often one of the first Campaspe Landcarers to volunteer at local field day displays including Elmore Field Days, where he is friendly and shares his knowledge with visitors.  He attends Campaspe Landcare events including quarterly Landcare Steering Committee meetings, the annual bus trip, and Christmas function.  He is a long-standing, contributing member of the Goulburn Murray Landcare Network (GMLN).  He is a dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic member of the Wyuna Landcare group and the Landcare movement in general. 

Rowan Wallace
Kiewa Catchment Landcare - Kergunyah Sub group
North East
Rowan is a past President of Kiewa Catchment Landcare Group, Vice president and is an active committee member.

Tim Walpole
Whorouly Landcare Group
North East
Tim has been an active committee member since 1993, including holding the position of President for some years and Vice president for over 10 years.

Phillip Watson
Nyah West Landcare Group
Mallee
Phillip is a founding member of Nyah West Landcare Group and has been President eight years.  He has been committed to sustainable farming practices for 40 years and his property is run entirely on minimum-till, direct-drill, precision farming techniques.  Phillip has re-vegetated seepage areas, with 10,000 trees planted and established over 10-year period.  He has assisted neighbours to establish revegetation sites on their properties, assisting with planning and undertaking deep-ripping, and weed control.

Peter Wettenhall
Culla Pigeon Ponds LMG
Glenelg Hopkins
Peter has been the President of Culla Pigeon Ponds LMG since 1999.

Syd Whyte
Arawata Landcare
West Gippsland

Honour Roll - Silver - Whyte
Syd has been a tireless worker for the Arawata Landcare Group, promoting Landcare with a great passion that actively encourages others to participate and volunteer.  Syd has contributed greatly to the group; he has volunteered as President for many years and remains so today. He actively engages in visiting new and existing residents in the extended Arawata, Kardella and Ruby area. Syd’s enthusiasm in waging a war on weeds has seen him regularly manning the weed spray unit around local roads and he is consistently a reliable face at working bees. Syd has also been on the South Gippsland Landcare Network board and is currently on the Community Weeds Taskforce.

Phil & Jane Williams 
Jallukar Landcare Group
Wimmera
Jane Williams’ award is awarded posthumously.

Phil and Jane have been great supporters of Project Platypus from its inception. Both have been long term office bearers and active members of sub committees. In the days before there were funds to employ project officers, Phil and Jane freely offered valuable advice and labour to get a variety of projects underway. Their expertise in revegetation was invaluable and there are many testaments to their contribution in our catchment. Also a testament to their volunteering was the Project Platypus Newsletter which was an excellent publication produced for many years. It would be fair to say that today’s strong and vibrant Project Platypus organisation owes much to Jane and Phil’s contribution.

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